Few women in renewable energy management in Iceland

EY report

In Iceland, only one quarter of vice presidents of renewable energy companies are female and only 8% of directors or managing directors of these companies are female.  Furthermore in companies that are not under the law of equal gender division only 17% of presidents are women.

All this information and more is to be found in a newly published report by an Icelandic organisation called Konur í orkugeiranum (Kio) (women in the renewable energy industry) in cooperation with Ernst & Young on the status of females in senior positions in the renewable energy industry.

According to the report, women barely count for 50% of all committee members in renewable energy companies, 32% department managers, 24% managers and 8% senior managers and directors.

The report also shows the evaluation of womens influence in the sector. This evaluation was processed according to Ernst & Young international methodology. 12 companies took part in the evaluation and three companies scored the best.  These are Veitur Utilities, Landsnet Electricity Transmit and Reykjavik Energy.

In an interview with two members of Kio (Harpa Pétursdóttir and Auður Nanna Baldvinsdóttir) in the national newspaper, they were happy to see how many women attended the inaugural meeting on the 15th of January 2016. Harpa is the presedent of Kio and works in a private law firm with focus on renewable energy matters.  Auður is salesmanager in Landsvirkjun, the national power company of Iceland and also treasurer of Kio.

They both agree on the urgency of this organisation to strengthen the network between women in the industry and more importantly draw attention to women in various positions within the renewable energy sector and therefore assist them to become more visible and influential.

The conclusion is clear, there are quite many women in lower positions in the renewable energy sector but when it comes to higher positions and actions need to be taken. Harpa mentions that the report proves their suspicions.  For example of all the 11 general managers in the renewable energy sector, none of them is a woman.

The report is downloadable here http://www.konuriorkumalum.is/

Source: mbl.is 2.may 2017